Canongate Tolbooth Clock in Edinburgh, Scotland - Encircle Photos

11 Canongate Tolbooth Clock in Edinburgh, Scotland

Beginning around the 12th century, Scotland was divided into burghs. Most of these autonomous towns had a tolbooth, a building housing the council chambers, courthouse, prison and tax collector. In 1143, King David I established the burgh of Canongate. Today this is the center of Old Town along the Royal Mile. This Canongate Tolbooth was built in 1591. The stone turret, called a bartizan, is a classic element in Scots Baronial architecture. The People’s Story Museum was established here in 1989. It traces the history of Edinburgh from the late 18th century.


167 Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8BN, UK


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